Marumo Gallants return for pre-season without Kerr

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Nedbank Cup champions Marumo Gallants (formerly known as TTM) began their pre-season training on Wednesday but without coach Dylan Kerr.

Kerr’s departure from the club is imminent after the two parties failed to find each other regarding a new contract.

This publication has reliably informed that despite helping them survive relegation and win their first silverware in their first season, the club wanted to cut the salary of the Maltese-born mentor – a tactic that has been viewed as an insult to the 54-year-old and an excuse to force him out of the club.

Assistant coaches Mpho Maleka and David Mathebula were in charge of the first training session at the Rugby Fields in Polokwane.

Meanwhile, Brighton Mhlongo who has been forced to retire due to an eye injury, was also there to watch his former teammates.

FARPost also spotted former Baroka defender Matome Kgoetyane who is believed to be on the verge of joining ‘Bahlabane ba Ntwa’.

Defender Alfred Ndengane, who is in negotiations with Maritzburg United, was a notable absentee. Washington Arubi was also not there as he is part of the Zimbabwe national team at the ongoing COSAFA Cup tournament in Gqeberha.

Tokelo Rantie, Mogakolodi Ngele, Nicholus Lukhubeni (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns), Thabo Rakhale (Sekhukhune United) have all left the club while Diamond Thopola and Meshack Maphangule’s future also remains uncertain.

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By Ofhani Munyai